Gerald Staton Jr., MD

Professor of Medicine, Emeritus

Department of Medicine

Office: TEC Building A Fourth Floor

Phone: 404-686-6782

Fax: 404-686-4840



After growing up in North Georgia, Dr. Staton attended Georgia Tech, receiving a B.S. in Chemistry in 1972. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1976 and was honored as the summa cum laude graduate of his class. Internship and residency in internal medicine were completed at Stanford University and pulmonary fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University. He came to Emory in 1981 as an Instructor of Medicine. He was prompted the Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1982, to Associate Professor of Medicine in 1987 and to Professor of Medicine in 1993. He was given the title of Professor Emeritus in 2016.

Dr. Staton has been interested in interstitial lung diseases since he came to Emory. He has been a sought after consultant in that area for physicians and patients from all over Georgia and the Southeast. He has been selected annually as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 1996.

Dr. Staton previously served as the Medical Director of the Long Term Acute Care Hospital of Wesley Woods Center. He was head of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Emory Crawford Long Hospital and served as the Division Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine within the Department of Medicine. In addition, he has held leadership roles in several state and national organizations.

Dr. Staton has been teaching medical students, housestaff, and pulmonary fellows for more than 36 years. He has received two “Golden Apple Awards” from the medical housestaff for excellence in clinical teaching. Recently he received a teaching award from the pulmonary fellows.

Dr. Staton’s research interest has been in the treatment of interstitial lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and sarcoidosis.


Gal AA, Staton GW. Current concepts in the classification of interstitial lung disease. (Review) Am J Clin Path 2005;123(Suppl 1):S67-S81.

Staton GW, Williams WH, Mahoney EM, Hu J, Chu H, Duke PG, Puskas JD. Pulmonary outcomes of off-pump vs on-pump coronary artery bypass surgery in a randomized trial. Chest 2005;127:892-901.

Kayatta MO, Ahmed S, Hammel JA, Fernandez F, Pickens A, Miller D, Staton G Jr, Veerarghavan S, Force S. Surgical biopsy of suspected interstitial lung disease is superior to radiographic diagnosis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013;96:399-401.

Chan AW, Kabbani S, Staton G, Kraft CS. Mycobacterium paraffinicum causing symptomatic pulmonary infection. J Clin Microbiol. 2014;52:1281-3.

Condado Jf, Babaliaros V, Henry TS, Kaebnick B, Kim D, Staton GW Jr. Pulmonary stenting for the treatment of sarcoid induced pulmonary vascular stenosis. Sarcoidosis Vasculitis and Diffuse Lung Diseases 2016; 33; 281-287.

Staton, GW, Satterwhite, LG.  Chapter 239: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. In: McKean SC, Ross JJ, Dressler DD, Brotman DJ, Ginsberg JS, eds. Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine. New York: New York: McGraw-Hill; 2012: 1992-2002.

Esper A, Martin G, Staton GW. Pulmonary Edema. 14 Respiratory Medicine. ACP Medicine Online. Dale DC, Federman, DD, Eds. B.C. Decker, Inc., Hamilton, Ontario, 2012 July, 2012.

Berkowitz E, Duong P, Staton GW. Imaging of Lung Disease. 14 Respiratory Medicine. ACP Medicine Online. Dale DC, Federman, DD, Eds. B.C. Decker, Inc., Hamilton, Ontario, November, 2012.